Heading to your next White Elephant party and feel the pressure of bringing a funny gift? Shop our picks for some of the best Yankee Swap approved ideas that are pretty cheap too.
It’s officially that time of year when you’re invited to a bunch of different White Elephant parties. Sometimes they’re for work, sometimes for family, and sometimes for your friends. No matter which one you’re heading to, you’re going to need a decently good/bad gift. The point is that whatever you pick is supposed to be ridiculous or, at the least funny. We know. Pressure!
In case you’re wondering, a Yankee Swap is the same thing as a White Elephant party. Most people in the northeast call it a Yankee Swap party, but the gifting game is usually the same. Here’s how it works:
- Each person pulls a number out of a hat.
- The person with the highest number goes first (this is the worst number to get).
- Said person take one wrapped gift from the pile and opens it. They now “own” this gift.
- The person with the second highest number goes next and they can either take the gift of the person ahead of them or take a new wrapped gift from the pile.
That rotation goes on and on. The fun comes in when people are basically “stealing” gifts from other people. The person with the lowest number pulled goes last (which is the best) because they can choose anything that was already opened, typically getting the best gift ever.
Shop our picks for some of the best (and hopefully funny) White Elephant gifts in 2019.
The Best Gift of 2019
The Alex Trebek Funko Pop Figurine – Buy It Here
I’ll take “Best White Elephant Gifts for $200!” Of course the answer is “What is, Alex Trebek?” All the puns! How cute is this little Alex Trebek (old-timey with the ‘stache) figure from Funko Pop! You can choose from the 80’s version of Alex or the more recent version of him without the mustache. Learn more here.
The High-Fashion Pick
The Beer Belly Fanny Pack – Buy It Here
Ok fine, so this is one gift that we wouldn’t mind getting for ourselves! This realistic looking beer belly is, yes, a fanny pack that you clip around your waist and you can even unzip it and fill it with your must-have essentials like your keys, phone, lipstick, condoms, or whatever. What a time to be alive! Learn more here.
The Easiest Pick
The “My White Elephant Gift” T Shirt – Buy It Here
It’s the perfect pick when you just want to attend the party and give your present without having to put much thought into it. It comes in heather grey, navy blue, black, baby blue, and pink. Learn more here.
The Game-Night Pick
The Cards Against Humanity Game – Buy It Here
We don’t care how many times you’ve played, this is seriously the funniest card game ever made. If you’re not aware, you have to fill in the blank of certain sentences and phrases based on the absolutely ridiculous cards you get. The leader of the game will then choose whose they think is the funniest and that person will win the point. There are a bunch of expansion packs too, so the cards really are endless. Learn more here.
The Nostalgic Pick
The Golden Girls Clue Game – Buy It Here
It’s a spinoff of the famous CLUE game, but with The Golden Girls official twist. Move around the board to find out the mystery of who ate the cheesecake. Was it Rose with the fork on the lanai? Solve the case and win! Learn more here.
The Potty Humor Pick
The BigMouth Funny Toilet Mug – Buy It Here
Who doesn’t want to drink their coffee or chocolate milk out of a classic white toilet? We do! It’s made of high quality ceramic, because we know you were wondering. And it’ll hold up to 12-ounces of your favorite beverage. Grab one for yourself while you’re at it. Learn more here.
The Zen AF Pick
The SipCaddy Shower Wine/Beer Holder – Buy It Here
If you’re going to drink in the shower or in the bathtub, you might as well keep your wine glass or beer can safe and sound. This portable suction cup holder will do just that. Believe it or not it even comes in other colors like blue, pink, black, purple, and more. Learn more here.
The Official Yankee Swap Pick
The “Last Place Yankee Swap” T Shirt – Buy It Here
It’s the t-shirt that’ll get passed all around your next Yankee Swap Party because it’s usually the last place gift! Check it out in different colors for men, women, and kids like navy blue, red, black, heather grey, and more. Learn more here.
The Political Pick
The Bag of Trump Cotton Candy Hair – Buy It Here
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! This bag of Trump-inspired cotton candy hair comes in a yellow-ish/orange-ish color and is oddly banana flavored. Oh, and it’s made in the USA. Take that China! Learn more here.
The Prank Pick
The Official Nap Sack – Buy It Here
Now you can sleep just about anywhere when you’re on the go! Don’t worry, it’s actually just a funny prank box that you can use to put your “real” gift inside. Learn more here.
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